Fans of “The Hunger Games” franchise got an exciting confirmation today from Scholastic; the publishing company announced a new prequel series set to debut in the spring of 2020.

The franchises’ original author, Suzanne Collins, also confirmed the new series on her social media accounts. The new story takes place 64 years before the events of the first book, and the official launch date for is May 19th, 2020.

You can find the collection of Collins’ work, including the original trilogy, right here on Amazon.

In a statement with the AP Collins said, “With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival.” Collins added, “The reconstruction period 10 years after the war, commonly referred to as the Dark Days — as the country of Panem struggles back to its feet — provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and thereby define their views of humanity.”

Scholastic shared the news on social media, telling followers on Twitter, “Exciting news, Hunger Games fans: A prequel novel set 64 years before the events of The Hunger Games is coming May 2020!”

Gary Ross directed the first “The Hunger Games” installment in 2012, which features Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, and Lenny Kravitz. The film was an instant success for the studio, bringing in over $152M on opening weekend before grossing $694M worldwide. The sequel, called “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” debuted in 2013 with a $158M opening weekend before grossing $865M globally. Francis Lawrence directed the sequel, which brought back the core cast and added Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jena Malone.

Lionsgate divided the big finale into two parts, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 & 2.” Francis Lawrence returned to direct both installments with the core cast. Part One had a $121M opening and made $755M in 2014, and Part Two opened with $102M in 2015 before leaving theaters with $653M worldwide.

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